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Conference on innovation in social science teaching

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Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2600


Media Release File 63/73

I Minister for Education ' For Release: July 16 173



A national conference to formulate guidelines for assisting innovation in social science teaching is being held at Raywood Inservice Centre, South Australia, from July 15-21.

Announcing this today the Minister for Education Mr Kim E. Beazley, said the conference was, being sponsored by. the National Committee on Social Science Teaching.

Five main areas are under discussion: . '

„ Curriculum design and strategies for · ' . implementing change. .

, Teacher pre-service and inservice education.’

' · . Material and use of resources.

o Learning environment.

o Teaching and Learning Resources from the general community. .

The conference is attended by a broad spectrum of educational administrators from both State and independent school systems including: ■ .

. directors and superintendents of education;

. chairmen of State Advisory Committees;

' . inspectors of schools; ■

« teacher educators;

. school principals;

. curriculum specialists; and

. heads of subject departments in schools,



Mr Beazley said that the Australian Government was supporting the conference financially, and he was grateful to education authorities for assisting their officers to attend, '

The conference is chaired by Professor W.F«Connell of the University of Sydney, He is assisted by a team of consultants including Professor P,W. Musgrave(Monash University), Dr D, decks (Principal, Ohurchlands Teachers College, W,A„), Mr N<- Baker (Inspector of Schools, N.S.W.). Mr Hugh Campbell

(Senior Superintendent of Curriculum, Tas.) Dr R, Traill (Principal lecturer, Canberra College of Advanced Education) and Mr W. Brewer (Supervisor of Social Science, Tas.).

This national conference is the first of its kind since the Australian UNESCO conference on the teaching of the social sciences in 1967, which both stimulated the development of integrated courses in social science in all

States, and influenced the inclusion of socially oriented elements in existing subjects such as History, Geography and Economics.

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